There’s no feat quite as difficult as ice climbing. Climbing a normal mountain is hard enough, but when that mountain is slick and frozen and going straight up and down, that’s even more difficult. There are only a few hardy souls who indulge in ice climbing, and Canadian Will Gadd is one of them. In fact, he’s a professional climber and daredevil, and he decided to scale one of the most difficult places in the world this winter. Will Gadd climbed up a frozen section of Niagara Falls using only a pair of ice picks.
Next to him, 150,000 tons of freezing-cold water rushed past him. Overhead, chunks of ice fell around him. One slip-up would result in a catastrophic fall to his death. And yet, he kept climbing, all the way to the top of the frozen section of Niagara Falls. Talk about death defiance! People go down Niagara Falls all the time, but very rarely does someone make that trip in reverse, fighting gravity all the way.
“There’s nothing that feels better than climbing a blue icicle up into the sky,” said Gadd, who works with Red Bull. “I always feel like Jack and the Beanstalk. Definitely one of the highlights of my life, not just climbing career but life. You don’t get many of those.”
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